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The history of the Pedersen family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Pedersen comes from the personal name Peter. Pedersen is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This particular surname was taken from the popular religious given name, Peter a shortened form of St. Peter. Other patronymic names were derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while still others came from the names of secular heroes.

Pedersen Early Origins



The surname Pedersen was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Pedersen Spelling Variations


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Pedersen Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Pedersen has appeared Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.

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Pedersen Early History


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Pedersen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pedersen research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1377, 1378, 1411 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Pedersen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pedersen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pedersen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Gerlac Peterssen (Petersen, Peterson, Gerlacus Petri) (1377 or 1378-1411), a Dutch mystic, entered the Institution of the Brethren...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pedersen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pedersen In Ireland


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Pedersen In Ireland



Some of the Pedersen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Pedersen:

Pedersen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hans Pedersen, aged 9, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Amund Pedersen, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1854
  • John A Pedersen, aged 28, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1871
  • Rasmus Pedersen, who arrived in Iowa in 1879
  • Anders Pedersen, who settled in Illinois in 1886
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pedersen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amandus Julius Marius Pedersen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1903
  • Alfred Bernhard Pedersen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906
  • Albert Zacarias Pedersen, who came to North Dakota in 1911
  • Alfred Pedersen, who arrived in Washington in 1915
  • Peder Johansen Pedersen, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922

Pedersen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jens Peter Pedersen, aged 41, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Anna Margaret Pedersen, aged 43, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Hans Christian Pedersen, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Karen Marianne Pedersen, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Ole Johann Fries Pedersen, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pedersen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pedersen (post 1700)



  • Richard Foote Pedersen (b. 1925), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, 1973-75. President of American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • James R. Pedersen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2008
  • Ingolf P. Pedersen, American Republican politician, Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1943
  • Henry F. Pedersen Jr., American politician, Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature 4th District; Elected 1966
  • Henry Pedersen, American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1931
  • Rob Pedersen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Steve Pedersen, American politician, Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1990
  • Trygue Gustav Pedersen, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1934
  • Victor Pedersen, American Republican politician, Chair of Middlesex County Republican Party, 1945
  • Barrett F. Pedersen, American politician, Village President of Franklin Park, Illinois; Elected 2009
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pedersen Historic Events


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Pedersen Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Olaf Pedersen (d. 1912), aged 28, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Sandefjord who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nihil sine Deo
Motto Translation: Nothing without God.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

    The Pedersen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pedersen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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